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So I'm hunting for a new graphics card, and my set of requirements make this a difficult quest. I welcome all suggestions, either as comments, or as email.

I haven't seen any passive cards in the new R7/R9 lines from ATI, not sure if those will come out later only

Requirements

  • MUST be supported by the open-source Radeon or Noveau drivers.
  • MUST support at least 3 digital displays (DVI/HDMI/DP etc, not VGA)
  • SHOULD be cost less than $300
  • SHOULD occupy only one PCI-e slot (trying to avoid double-height cards)
  • SHOULD be passively cooled, or after-market water-cooled
  • NICE TO HAVE: good 3D performance

Options so far (for further review)

Name & Link Outputs Passive Card height Price
ATI FirePro 2460 4x MiniDP Yes 1 slot $256 NCIX (no PP)
VISIONTEK Radeon HD 7750, 2GB GDDR5, PCIe x16, 6x Mini-DP, Retail 6x MiniDP No 1 slot $273 NCIX (no PP)
Radeon HD 7750 Low Profile - Eyefinity 4 CGAX-7758LM4 - PCI Express 3.0 - 2048 - GDDR5 - 128 BIT 4x MiniDP No 1 slot 136GBP AmazonUK, no NCIX listing
SAPPHIRE FleX 100322FLEX Radeon HD 6450 1GB 64-bit DDR3 PCI Express 2.1 x16 HDCP Ready Low Profile Ready Video Card 1x DVI-D, 1x DVI-S, 1x HDMI Yes 2 slots LP $60 Newegg, $75 NCIX no-PP
PowerColor HD7750 2GB GDDR5 Eyefinity 4 LP Edition (UEFI) AX7750 2GBD5-4DL 4x MiniDP No 1 slot $190 Ebay, no NCIX listing
NVIDIA Quadro NVS 450 by PNY 512MB GDDR3 PCI Express Gen 2 x16 Quad DisplayPort or DVI-D SL Profesional Business Graphics Board, VCQ450NVS-X16-DVI-PB 4x MiniDP Yes 1 slot $295 AmazonUS, $495 NCIX non-PP
FirePro W600 6x MiniDp No 1 slot $570 NCIX non-PP, $480 AmazonUS
HIS 7750 iSilence 5 1GB GDDR5 PCI-E DP/DVI/HDMI DVI, HDMI, DP Yes 2 slot internally, 1 slot physically $100 AmazonUS

Notes

I have tried the following cards already without success:

  • Galaxy MDT X4 GeForce210
    This card implements 4 DVI in a design like a pair of inline Matrox DualHead2Go units, it mucked badly with the EDID and crashed Noveau.
  • Matrox ??? older 3 or 4-head card: only first output supported on open-source driver
  • Gigabyte Radeon HD 7970 OC Edition: radeon driver very buggy when DP used and other outputs

For reference, my monitors are 2x Dell U2410, 1x Dell U2413. So I have DVI/HDMI/DP on all displays, and the U2413 has DP1.2 MST as well.

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